Ant-Roach makes inflatable robots possible

Ant-Roach is a six-legged walking inflatable robot designed by Otherlab group in San Francisco. Its name came from the first three letters of anteater and last five letters of cockroach. This project is created under the name ‘pneubotics’ for illustrating the capabilities of inflatable robots. It is built with the help of some funding provided by the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).

Ant-Roach measures a length of 4.60 meters (15 feet), and weighs below 70 pounds (32 kilograms). There were two amazing things in this robot that highly attracted me. The first one was its potential to support a weight of up to 1000 lbs, and another was its ability to be carried by a single person after deflation. It includes an arm, which is less than two lbs weight has the capability to pick up some hundred pounds at 50 – 60 psi.

The six-legged Ant-Roach is made up of light-weight cloth and air structural components. It is powered either through hydraulics or pneumatics. As a result, it can show its high strength-to-weight ratios. It gets inbuilt textile-based inflated actuators for moving its legs, which contract upon inflation. By providing some central manifolds, the inflation is again achieved. During this process, it gives out compressed air via the pneumatic piping. It incorporates a built in microcontroller for sending information that is to be done by the robot. A laptop that runs a control program sends the signals wirelessly to the controller.

Although Ant-Roach is light weight, inexpensive, and easily portable, they have the capacity to carry heavy weight. This advantage is enough to prove that the inflatable robots are very useful. Moreover, it can also float on water.

Watch the below video to catch the action of Ant-Roach.

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